Obama’s claim he doubled Pell Grant funding is entirely false

With the extension of cuts to interest rates on Stafford student loans all but passed, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party committees are now touting the President’s supposedly active interest in expanding the availability of Pell Grants.

Pell Grants are a form of needs-based government provided financial aid for low-income college students. Unlike student loans, federal Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

As noted in the picture below from Obama’s facebook page, Democrats are claiming President Obama has doubled funding for Pell Grants.

The graphic deceptively fails to mention that not only did President Obama not double funding for Pell grants last year, he cut funding and would have made deeper cuts had Congress passed his 2011 budget.

Beginning July 1, thousands of college students will no longer be eligible for Pell Grants. The changes are a result of a a $1 trillion spending bill passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in December 2011 that funds the government through September 2012. The bill, which Obama signed, actually cut Pell Grants by $11 billion dollars over the next decade.

As Prospectus News reports, among the changes to begin on July 1 are the number of years students can receive the grant, reducing the max number from nine years to six. Additionally, grant recipients must now be high school graduates or have earned a General Education Development (GED) certification.

Last year, approximately 65,000 students applied for Pell Grants who did not have a high school diploma and another 63,000 recipients have been working on their degrees for more than six years, according to the Association of Community College Trustees.

Furthermore, the law lowers the maximum grant per year to $4,860 from $5,550 and the threshold for expected family contribution increased. After July the threshold will be decreased from $30,0000 to $23,000, meaning families making more than $23,000 annually will be expected to contribute some amount toward their children’s education.

In 2010 more than 8.4 million of those eligible for Pell Grants (approximately 76 percent of applicants) listed a family income of less than $30,000, according to the Department of Education.

But compared with the changes that would have taken place had Congress passed Obama’s February 2011 budget proposal, the changes resulting from the $11 billion dollars in cuts to Pell Grants are relatively modest. In that proposal the President, the self-proclaimed student advocate, suggested cutting $100 billion dollars from the Pell Grant program by further tightening the eligibility criteria for low income families.

When it comes to education, the president simply is not being consistent.

Students need to know about these changes in order to plan out their college educations with enough time to shop around for private loans. President Obama is purposefully leaving students in the dark in order to continue the persona that he is a friend to young Americans, who voted for him by a 2 -1 margin in 2008. In reality, Obama’s Pell Grant rhetoric is just another false claim created by the Obama 2012 campaign to woo young voters yet again. Hopefully they won’t be fooled this time.

Comments

Comments

  1. [...] be repaid. As noted in the picture below from Obama's … … Read the original here: Obama's claim he doubled Pell Grant funding is entirely false ← On-Line College Breaks – Generating School Training Reasonably [...]

  2. Obama is a much better option than Romney concerning to Pell Grants and other forms of financial aid for low income students.

Polititainment

McCain takes on 'Sniper' bashers

Sen. John McCain is the latest person in a position of prominence to defend "American Sniper" from bashers, singling out the "obsessive critics of U.S. foreign policy" in an official statement.

Michael Moore continues on about snipers

Filmmaker Michael Moore has already stirred the pot with his negative comments about military snipers. During the weekend, somebody must've given the man an even bigger ladle.

Dropkick Murphys 'literally hate' Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's abiding love for the Dropkick Murphys is not exactly mutual:

WH wants climate change 'Frozen' spinoff
Sorry, Anna. That snowman might not be possible in the new, evil, climate change-wrecked world of the Obama administration’s “Frozen” spinoff. According to The Hill, a State Department official recently met with Disney to discuss the idea of using “Frozen’s” characters to teach children about the impact of global warming on the polar bear. Robert Papp, […]
Dylan: 'Gov. not going to create jobs'
Bob Dylan’s latest quote is music to a conservative’s ears. Dylan gave an interview this week to AARP The Magazine to promote his new record “Shadows in the Night,” but that somehow led into some wise words on the government and job creation. “As long as there’s suffering, you can only be so happy. How can […]

White House

VP Biden appears on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to get ask young people to sign up for Obamacare
With three weeks to go until the Obamacare deadline to purchase insurance, the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage young people to sign up.  The renewed push included a stop by Vice President Joe Biden on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday so he could appeal to moms who are good at […]
Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security threat. The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials […]
WH chief of staff blurts out previously-concealed name of American hostage on live TV

All in a day's work at the White House: sometimes you keep ISIS hostage names a secret, sometimes you let them slip in an in interview on national TV.

7 Times Obama was ‘Partisan,’ Not ‘Practical’ during his State of the Union address
Near the beginning of his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama promised to be “practical, not partisan” in his proposals to Congress. However, his speech ended up being anything but. From cracking jokes to outright veto threats, it was clear that the president had no interest in bipartisanship. So we decided to […]
Obama has been reminding Republicans ‘I won’ for 2,189 days

President Obama trotted out one of his favorite talking points against Republicans yet again Tuesday night, reminding the opposition party that "I won."

Congress

Boehner and McConnell critique SOTU

“Dead. Real dead.” That was House Speaker John Boehner’s verdict on President Obama’s tax proposals--and nearly every proposal from his State of the Union address, with the exception of cybersecurity, fighting ISIS, trade, and possibly the childcare tax credit.

Senate surpasses its 2014 vote total in a week
Is this what the Senate looks like without Harry Reid in charge? The new Republican-led Senate has already voted on more amendments in just one week than the Democratic-controlled Senate voted on in all of 2014. “We’ve actually reached a milestone here that I think is noteworthy for the Senate. We just cast our 15th roll-call vote […]
Whistleblowers denounce DOJ juvenile program

According to whistleblower reports, a Justice Department (DOJ) juvenile delinquency program provided grants to states jailing foster children and runaways over minor offenses like skipping school.

Gohmert: Obama 'divisive on the issue of race'

There’s a reason reporters clamored around former-House-Speaker-candidate Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) at the State of the Union like this:

Rand Paul slams SOTU’s ‘lack of sincerity’ on NSA

Senator Rand Paul spent Wednesday morning blasting Obama’s State of the Union address, telling a roomful of conservatives at the Capitol Hill Club that “Some of the stuff, frankly, was difficult to even listen to and keep a straight face.”